|Message from Your HCAT President|
|Eric M. Young, FACHE, President|
I hope this holiday season finds you and your family carving out time to relax and enjoy the company of loved ones near and far. As the year comes to a close, we have much to be thankful for in our profession. Despite the turmoil and uneasiness surrounding the Election, the commitment of healthcare professionals to our communities and patients hasn't wavered. Individuals and organizations continue to push the envelope on clinical quality and innovation and for that, I applaud you. For all of the negative press and harsh words on social media, I think you would agree that the vast majority of individuals we have the privilege of working with are noble, righteous, gifted, and compassionate. I have heard so many stories this year of healthcare institutions and individual caregivers creating extraordinary experiences for the patients that have trusted us to provide care. It is my hope that we as leaders can continue to foster that spirit and continue to make a difference in the Tidewater region.
HCAT has had a tremendous year in 2016. Being awarded with a Chapter of Merit award from ACHE was certainly a highlight. The programs committee put together an incredible year of programs with some really top notch speakers and our membership committee was out in full force recruiting new members and encouraging folks to go for their Fellow credential. I want to thank the 2016 Board for all of the work they put into our chapter - they have been a great group to work with.
I'd also like to congratulate Maria Kronenburg, Immediate Past President of HCAT for being recognized with a ACHE Service Award and CDR Lonnie Hosea for being recognized with and ACHE Distinguished Service Award. Both of these individuals have given many hours of service to ACHE and local chapters throughout their careers and I want to publicly thank them for their contributions.
Finally, I'd like to thank Sam Kern, incoming President of HCAT. Sam joined our leadership group as our Programs Chair this year and quickly rose to higher levels of leadership with the relocation of several of our officers. She brings a contagious enthusiasm and will serve our chapter well as our next president.
Best Wishes for a Wonderful 2017,
Eric M. Young, MHA, FACHE
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